Zucchini Frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a delicious breakfast on a morning that you get to sleep in. This weekend I prepared a baked zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen. While I wasn’t a fan of the frittata much (it probably needed more salt and/or cheese), the hash brown casserole was fantastic. I’ve had a similar casserole a couple of times at work breakfast potlucks and was excited to make it for Lenny to see what he thought. Luckily for me, he liked it too!

Here are a couple pictures from my special-a.m.-effort breakfast!

Zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen

Baked and browned to perfection!

Week 11 Meal Plan

Ahhhh a long weekend — My favourite part of the summer! I feel so on the ball after a big day of chores on Saturday: we cleaned the first floor windows outside, vacuumed and cleaned the glass & dash stuff inside the car, did a couple loads of laundry, mowed and trimmed the front lawn, went to our favourite lunchtime spot (The Black Walnut Bakery), vacuumed the whole house (thanks Lenny!), cleaned the upstairs bathroom (thanks Lenny!), and did the weekly grocery shopping. Oh, and I went for a 4km run and pooped Sally right out! Hopefully the weather holds out for being able to do some gardening over the next two days, otherwise, we’re still in excellent shape for our spring cleaning.

Here’s what we’re planning on eating over the next few days:

Sunday: Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce from Green Healthy Cooking…  I plan on substituting asparagus for the artichokes though

Monday: Sweet ‘n Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Drumsticks from Skinnytaste with broccoli and rice

Tuesday: Grilled sausages and corn on the cob

Wednesday: Spaghetti Carbonara from Budget Savvy Diva

Thursday: Frozen pizza and a side salad

Friday: The Best Homemade Burgers from The Prairie Homestead and homemade french fries

I also hope to make some homemade apple muffins, from a written out recipe, to snack on throughout the week.

Have a fantastic long weekend everyone!

Summer Grilled Vegetables

This was a self-made recipe that turned out really well and would be perfect for a long weekend meal. I’ve never been one to spice things easily on my own, by thankfully my husband Lenny is a superstar at this. For the roasted vegetables, we mixed all of the following together and then tossed them in a grill basket like this one:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • baby portobello mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

It’s a welcome alternative to our standard side of sweet potato fries and is helpful to use up random amounts of vegetables left over in the fridge.

Summer grilled vegetables

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

This week I made the Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Gimme Some Oven. It was a tasty and easy variation on something we have pretty regularly. We’ve been making our own taco seasoning for some time (it’s hard to find one without garlic or onion in it), but this recipe offered a slightly different spicing that was still fantastic. If you are looking not to turn your stove-top on in the hot days to come,  you may want to consider some slow-cooker beef tacos!

Shredded beef tacos all ready for the rest of the toppings!

Week Ten Meal Plan

This weekend and the next weekend are all quite up in the air in terms of what we’re doing and where we’ll be, so I’m only planning on meal planning for Monday-Friday today.

Monday: Zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen

Tuesday: Turkey casserole from an old recipe

Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Gimme Some Oven

Thursday: Pizza on the Grill, using a tutorial from Amanda’s Cookin’… if I’m feeling adventurous enough!

Friday: Dinner out

Ham and Penne Skillet

Tonight I made the Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats. In hindsight, it would have been a great meal to photograph and make in one of our Le Creuset dishes, so if you have one and end up making this recipe, you should totally do that! Aside from accidentally letting the dish boil over and managing to get milky chicken stock on and in ALL FOUR BURNERS, it was a pretty easy dish to make. Finding ham steaks for meals like this have been a real game changer; The estimated 30 minute time from start to table, was pretty accurate.

Here’s a picture from my dinner!

Fusilli, ham, veggies, and parmesan for the win!

Week Nine Meal Plan

Well after a week and half’s worth of emergency foundation repairs, we’re starting to resemble a bit of normalcy again in our household. I’m hoping that this will feel like a week where we feel “back on track” and so I am looking forward to sharing this week’s meal plan with all of you! It’s kind of an anomaly for me to only try one new recipe in a week, but hopefully having some of our more standard meals contributes to a stress-reduced week.

Snacks for the Week: Hard boiled eggs, tortilla chips & salsa, crackers & cheese, apples, bananas, baby carrots

Sunday: Leftover chili; still eating some things out of the freezer and this will be one of those “Gosh, I hope it’s actually chili” meals…

Monday: Pre-made ravioli and the Jamie Oliver 7-Veg Tomato Sauce

Tuesday: Pizza bagels

Wednesday: Dinner out

Thursday: Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats

Friday: Burgers and Roasted Vegetables

One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe ~ Delicious Pasta Perfect for a Quick Dinner! Loaded with Ham, Penne and Peas!

Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats

Week Eight Meal Plan

This week’s meal plan is brought to you by Heather’s sister Keely!

Hi Everybody!! I have to admit, I am the meal planner in our relationship but have somehow managed to hit the husband lottery when it comes to doing the actual cooking. We have a handy dandy chalkboard on our fridge – I find the meals & what page of cookbook or where on Pinterest to find the recipe … the rest is history. This is a rare week where we don’t have a lot going on, so we’re going to enjoy it by eating all of the favourite things. Here are some of the go-to meals in our house; I could probably just put this meal plan on repeat for the next 100 years:

Snack: Turkey Crescent Rolls – Ok, It’s not that exciting. But it is so easy. And Quick.  The only problems are trying not to overindulge when they’re fresh out of the oven and to save some for the rest of the week.

Monday: Zucchini stuffed chicken, and home made sweet potato fries.  It’s a bit of work, but it is so worth it.

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – Duh! Lately we’re onto the Mahi Mahi Fish Taco Recipe from the Skinny Taste Cookbook… I don’t know what Mahi Mahi is, so we usually use tilapia. Complete with the avocado sauce, and lime slaw, I could eat at least ten of these. Pairs well with a certain light lime beer beverage or a margarita.

Wednesday: Garlic Chilli Shrimp Pasta – We’ve morphed this recipe from somewhere but it involves a bit of marinating, a bit of spicy, and a whole lot of delicious: shrimp, garlic, broccoli and whatever sort of noodles we have in the cupboard.

Thursday: Greek wraps. OMG. They are a bit of work, but now that BBQ Season is here, it is important to eat as much as we can because it will be winter before we know it. We marinate for a few hours and skewer the chicken, peppers and red onion. Add all of that to a fresh pita and top with lettuce, feta, tzatziki (thank you spell check!) and have lemon rice on the side. YUM!

Friday: Homemade Pizza… We got a pizza stone 6 months ago and while we still haven’t perfected the crust, we are getting SO close… you can’t go wrong with Friday night pizza night!

Saturday: Going out for dinner at a great local establishment.

Sunday: Mexican Lasagna. Exactly like it sounds. Take two things that you can add anything too – Mexican food and lasagna – and put them together for something that tastes amazing.  Bonus- it is perfect for Monday lunch leftovers in case you haven’t gotten your butt in gear for next week yet.

Well, I hope you enjoy!


P.S. My “A bit of Work” equals about 20 minutes…



Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins

The Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins from Finger Pricking Good recipe turned out really well. Our house was turned upside down this week as we prepare for (unexpected) major foundation repairs this coming week. This meant I didn’t end up making anything snack-wise for the week until Saturday. Ah well. At least the recipe turned out fantastic and I have a lot of tasty muffins to share with those helping with all the dog sitting that’s needed this coming week while we have contractors over.

Here are some photos of this tasty recipe’s results!

Tasty tasty muffins


I typically would use frozen blueberries for baked goods, but fresh ones were on sale and really popped in your mouth in a way frozen ones would not, so be careful if you end up eating them hot out of the oven!

In the spirit of streamlining our activities for a stressful week, my sister Keely will be contributing her meal plan this week so I don’t have to prepare one, so stay tuned for that in a little bit!

Week Seven Meal Plan

This week I’ll be taking some of my own advice from 5 Ways to Start Your Weekly Meal Plan and will be eating through some items found in the depth of our freezer. It is supposed to be sunny and an average of 20 degrees Celsius each day here, so there are also two BBQs planned — it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Here is what’s on the menu this week:

Snack: Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins from Finger Pricking Good

Monday: Side Salad and Turkey Chickpea Burger, recipe from an old 2009 Clean Eating Magazine
Tuesday: Chicken fingers and homemade sweet potato fries
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes Made Healthy from Culinary Zest
Thursday: Dinner out
Friday: Corn and sausages
SaturdayFlank Steak with panko, pine nuts, spinach from Clean Eating Magazine
Sunday: Lenny’s Better-Than-You-Can-Imagine Bolognese and penne

And here are some inspirational photos, in case you aren’t excited yet!


Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins from Finger Pricking Good


Turkey and Chickpea Burgers

Side Salad and Turkey Chickpea Burger, recipe from an old 2009 Clean Eating Magazine


Healthier Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes Made Healthy from Culinary Zest